Look, Kansas Speaker of the House Mike O'Neal, God is a busy man.
He has Academy Award ballots to fill out and Republican politicians to punk into seeking the presidency, and that leaves him with little time left over for answering the anti-Obama prayers of mere state legislators. Even ones that go through the trouble of citing Psalms 109:8 — "Let his days be few and brief; and let others step forward to replace him" – in their demented email forwards to Heaven.
Even emails that include incisive commentary such as "At last — I can honestly voice a Biblical prayer for our president! Look it up — it is word for word! Let us all bow our heads and pray. Brothers and Sisters, can I get an AMEN? AMEN!!!!!!" are unlikely to make it out of God's spam folder when he's busy diagramming plays for NFL athletes.
Considering all this, an apology seems hardly necessary…
"I respect the President and the Office," O'Neal said in his statement. "The forward contained a single verse and was only intended as election commentary regarding the President's days in office. I have apologized and I am sincerely sorry," he said.
In recent weeks, O'Neal has also apologized for forwarding an email that referred to first lady Michelle Obama as "Mrs. YoMama" and compared a picture of her to the fictional character Grinch. O'Neal said he forwarded that email too without being aware of the "Mrs. YoMama" reference.
Okay, so the Psalm verse cited by O'Neal is followed by lines reading…
May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow
May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven from their ruined homes
May a creditor seize all he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor
May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless children.
But given the agenda of the Kansas GOP, aren't deranged email forwards the least destructive and un-Christian use of a House Speaker's time?
Tags: Barack Obama, Christianity, Church v. State, Kansas, Michelle Obama, Religion, Republicans, State Legislature, The Bible